Philosophy of Language – an Interlude

Language is the vessel through the knowledge and wisdom is passed on from one generation to another. Slang has flourished in the modern society. This is very notable in music and the film industry. Usually, the decadence of language serves as an indicator for the increase in the level of ignorance of a people. 
When you look closely at any cloth, you see the fabric that it is made of. Similarly, a close introspection into the existence of a language will reveal to you that all language originates from enlightenment. Language is the highest attainment of any civilization since everything else including trade and material progress have roots in language.

Thus in the modern world it is easy to observe that slang is an avoidable evil in society where the kids born that grow up are forced to embrace the new but incredibly low in value slang language. Ideally, language is supposed to be used to communicate the intricate aspects of human life and feelings. Hence, the reduction in reverence for a pure method of communication in a society is but a far cry for a forgotten art – Enlightenment.

I shall share some words from the work of Ambrose Bierce, where he seeks to illustrate how mankind corrupts language in order to justify his evils and lack for enlightenment. Kindly note that Ambrose highlights what people actually mean, in the back of their minds, when they use certain words as opposed to the colorful meanings they profess in the dictionaries, encyclopedias and scripture. 

Man, as we know him is a subtly evil being that oftentimes say what he does not do and does what he says not. In his spiritual sleep, he is usually willing to embrace any interpretations (by his fellow ‘sleeps-men’), however idiotic, that will fit with his comfort zone, and he is always willing to sacrifice any principle, however sound or enlightened, that will make his ignorance look like wisdom. Enjoy.

Humor: The Devil’s Dictionary

1. Slang, n. The grunt of the human hog (Pignoramus intolerabilis) with an audible memory. The speech of one who utters with his tongue what he thinks with his ear, and feels the pride of a creator in accomplishing the feat of a parrot. A means (under Providence) of setting up as a wit without a capital of sense.

2. Indifferent adj. Imperfectly sensible to distinctions among things. 

“You tiresome man!” cried Philip’s wife,

“You’ve grown indifferent to all in life.”

“Indifferent?” he drawled with a slow smile;

“I would be, dear, but it is not worthwhile.”

                                      Apuleius M. Gokul.

3. Interpreter, n. One who enables two persons of different languages to understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the interpreter’s advantage for the other to have said.

4. King, n. A male person commonly known in America as a “crowned head,” although he never wears a crown and has usually no head to speak of.

A king, in times long, long gone by,
Said to his lazy jester:

“If I were you and you were I

My moments merrily would fly—

No care nor grief to pester.”

“The reason, Sire, that you would thrive,”

The fool said—”if you’ll hear it—

Is that of all the fools alive?

Who own you for their sovereign, I’ve

The most forgiving spirit.”

                                   Oogum Bern

19 thoughts on “Philosophy of Language – an Interlude

  1. Over the years I have begun to use slang more and more with friends and co-workers, to “fit in” or blend in with them. I guess I fear being made fun for being too articulate. I hate that I do this. But I don’t see any other way…

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  2. The secret is. Use the slang so fluently while at the same time mesmerizing them with your intricate understanding of the Enlightenment of proper language that they will slowly begin to adore your ineffable resplendence. Its easy to “fit in”.

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  3. While I see use of slang as intellectual laziness I believe occasional use to be acceptable. It’s reliance on slang and a failure to understand the nuances of language that I find fault with. Having said that, manipulation of information for personal gain even when done with technically proper language is much more despicable.

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  4. But I put on’t ensure any early(a) fashion… But I strike’t father a line of reasoning any early(a) course… You energize related to the two so well!


  5. Slang is dialectal and there is no such thing as speaking “proper.” Within every language their is a variant of that language, however it is not an incorrect way of speaking. In addition, obtaining a dialect starts in the home. For example, if you are from Pittsburgh, you will have more features of that dialect than a person moving to Pittsburgh because that person won’t have a close enough association to Pittsburgh to use their dialect.

    The point is, don’t be afraid to speak in your dialect.

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